Tri-continental race training!

PUBLISHED: 16:46 27 October 2010

Graham Newton with his son Owen after the Chicago marathon

Graham Newton with his son Owen after the Chicago marathon


Family unites across the world

Graham Newton travelled to the USA to run the Chicago marathon on 10.10.10. Originally he was to have run the race with his daughter, Paula, and his son Owen, but unfortunately Paula fell and broke her wrist the week before and was unable to run. The family’s story featured in the official Chicago Marathon magazine: Graham, Paula and Owen all trained for the marathon on three different continents as Paula lives in South America and Owen lives in Japan. The gruelling race went on red alert when the temperature shot up into the mid 80’s F. Of the 45,000 participants, only 36,159 finished the race. Father and son finished the race, crossing the line together in 5 hrs and 16 minutes joint 26,339th.

● Three AVR members took on the challenge of the Exmoor Stagger on Sunday - a 15 mile route from Minehead up to Dunkery Beacon and I mean “up” (1,670ft to be precise) and back to Minehead. The weather was beautiful and the scenery was apparently beautiful too, but AVR runners were too tired to take it all in. First AVR home was Eleanor Wood in 2:42:25 and she was 1st vet 50. Geoff Woodward and Steve Reynolds ran most of the course together holding hands, until the last sting of the tail - another hill to climb on the way down! Steve ran out of steam and started walking, but Geoff took his chance and stormed home in a time of 2:53:27 with Steve chugging in a bit later taking 2:59:40. Many thanks to Minehead Running club for putting on such a slick event.

● On Sunday morning Luke Reed travelled to Wimborne for his last Triathlon of the season - with a twist, it was in reverse order. The format was a three mile run, 10 mile cycle and 250m swim. Luke ran hard, coming into transition in second place with a time of 19:59. He suffered on the bike because of his running efforts, but managed to dig deep and come into transition still holding second with a time of 28:33, the third fastest bike time of the day. Then the final part was a 250m pool swim which was completed in 4:32, giving him an overall time of 53:04 and second place overall.

It was a superb finish to a great Triathlon season for Luke.

HONITON RUNNING CLUB - Nick Bradley-Carter ran the Salisbury half-marathon last Sunday in lovely weather and a beautiful scenic route along the Avon valley. He finished 225th in 1:55:20, which he was quite happy with considering he had done virtually no training for it.

●Paul Davey was ecstatic after his running of the Cardiff Half Marathon last week. Although he has been training for the Snowdonia Marathon, he had become a little disheartened with his running.

He has found that it used to be a lot easier to turn that pie and pint away but, of late, it’s been a struggle, so he was extremely surprised and elated when he knocked two minutes plus off his half marathon time.

He started off much faster than usual and, after a few miles, thought he had overcooked it but, as he felt alright, he continued at that pace. His slowest mile was 6 minutes 32 seconds and he crossed the line in 1.23.09.

To say he was happy was an understatement and it didn’t matter that he had lost his wife and had to pay £16 for parking.

Nick and Sandra Thorpe also did the Cardiff Half. They felt that, although it was a lovely flat, fast course starting and finishing in Cardiff Bay, the 15,000 entries meant that the first six miles were very crowded, especially as some of the roads/tracks were narrow. Nick finished in 1.50.59 and Sandra in 2.10.45. Both were pleased with their runs, but felt they would have been quite a bit quicker will less people.

lSteve and Judy Davey and Bruce Strawbridge travelled to Minehead to take part in Minehead Running Club’s Exmoor Stagger.

This is a tough, mainly off road course, involving lots of climb as it takes runners all the way up to Dunkery Beacon (the highest point on Exmoor at 1702ft) and back.

The total ascent of the course is 3627ft. The winner was James Baker of Chichester Runners who completed in a time of 1:47:20. Bruce was delighted to be first back for Honiton beating Steve and Judy by 10 minutes. He finished in 56th place in 2:29:49. Steve found it tough and slowed down considerably during the last six miles. Judy caught sight of him with 2½ miles to go but Steve kept going and finished ahead of her in 93rd place and 2:39:13 Judy finished just 3 places later also in 2:39 and just 41 seconds behind her husband.

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